Los Cangilones de Gualaca Canyon

How to Get to Los Cangilones de Gualaca Canyon

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Los Cangilones de Gualaca canyon and Celestine Waterfall are a popular day trip from The Lost and Found Hostel in Panama. Grab some new friends and explore the best attractions between Boquete and Bocas del Toro!

If you are combining both Los Cangilones de Gualaca Canyon and Celestine Waterfall in the same day trip, try to visit Celestine Waterfall in the early morning so you have all afternoon to relax at Los Cangilones de Gualaca canyon.

Los Cangilones de Gualaca Canyon

Los Cangilones de Gualaca canyon is a mini-canyon full of places to cliff jump, sunbathe, swim, tube, picnic, or even fish.

With all these wonderful free options, it is no wonder why locals and backpackers alike love this off-the-beaten path tourist destination.

Locals Enjoying Los Cangilones de Gualaca Canyon Picture

Everyone loves Los Cangilones de Gualaca canyon!

There is literally an activity or area of Los Cangilones de Gualaca canyon for everyone.

The river gently cascades down the hill before reaching the Gualaca canyon where the deeper water slows down the river.

Los Cangilones de Gualaca Canyon Cascades

Watch as the Los Cangilones de Gualaca canyon walls slowly grow over the river.

The miniature canyon is what makes Los Cangilones de Gualaca so popular. People of all ages love taking the several meter plunge into the deep and warm water on a hot day. The water is clear, especially on sunny days, which you can see through for large rocks.

If you still aren’t sure, you can wait for others to jump in first to show you where to go. My advice is not to jump too far or hard. Your momentum will carry you further than expected, and possibly into the opposite canyon wall!

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Los Cangilones de Gualaca canyon is in Panama, Central America and off the beaten path. Backpackers from The Lost and Found Hostel and locals love cliff jumping. You can also visit as a day trip from Boquete via David, or from Bocas del Toro from Alimente with buses. Try to combine visiting this tourist attraction with Celestine Waterfall. You won’t regret this free destination brought to you by DIY Travel HQ. Click to find out how to visit on your own.

You have two options once you surface from taking the leap into Los Cangilones de Gualaca canyon.

The brave and fit can try climbing up the sheer Gualaca canyon walls, or swim 30 meters to where the walls melt away.

This is the kid friendly section where everyone can enjoy swimming.

Los Cangilones de Gualaca Canyon Leveling Off

The Los Cangilones de Gualaca canyon disappears as fast as it started.

The highest place to jump into Los Cangilones de Gualaca canyon is on the west side you arrive on as there is a sloped section higher than the surrounding area.

This side is also a great place to layout and tan. The rocks get hot though, so remember to bring a towel as you search for a comfortable spot.

If you need a break from the sun, the other side accessed by a bridge provides plenty of shade. All you need is food and drinks for your picnic.

Los Cangilones de Gualaca Canyon Fun For All Ages

Soak up the sun, enjoy the shade, or float between the two!

Los Cangilones de Gualaca Canyon Safety

As always, you need to practice safety when a backpacker. Not only do you not want to get hurt, you also want to protect your valuables.

Try to visit with other guests from The Lost and Found Hostel so you can take turns watching your phones, cameras, and wallets.

If you do go by yourself to Los Cangilones de Gualaca canyon, consider buying a cell phone waterproof dry bag pouch to take your phone/camera and day money with you on a cliff jump or swim.

Check out our post Best GoPro Travel Accessories to make the most out of your GoPro while traveling.

* Don’t forget to purchase travel insurance before any trip to Panama. We’ve been using World Nomadsfor over 10 years. It’s the best-value provider we’ve found but there are other important things to consider. Check out our post and find out which of our claims were successful or denied.

Celestine Waterfall

Celestine Waterfall is another off-the-beaten path attraction that sees very few tourists, but worth visiting if in the area.

Hidden a hundred meters from the road is a verdant canyon with Celestine Waterfall at the end.

Celestine Waterfall Path

Take the path off the road from David to Almirante to Celestine Waterfall.

There is no official path along the way, but it is easy enough to follow the stream.

Although it appears you can get to Celestine Waterfall by walking or jumping from rock to rock keeping your feet dry, you ultimately have to get your feet wet.

This is where you have to make the choice between getting your shoes wet, making your flip flops slippery, or feeling uncomfortable with bare feet.

The other option that Sheena and I have come to embrace are wet shoes made for travel. We own WateLves Water Shoes that have a hard sole for comfort, dry quick, are lightweight, and take up no space in your backpack.

On your way to Celestine Waterfall, you’ll notice that the rocks quickly grow in size to boulders as the lush vegetation and walls close in on you. That is all part of the fun until you pass the last bend and you see Celestine Waterfall raining down in front of you.

Celestine Waterfall Rays of Mist

Let the light guide you to Celestine Waterfall.

 

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Celestine Waterfall is in Panama, Central America and off the beaten path. Backpackers from The Lost and Found Hostel enjoy the short hike along to a waterfall hidden behind jungle cliffs. You can also visit as a day trip from Boquete via David, or from Bocas del Toro from Alimente with buses. Try to combine visiting this tourist attraction with Los Cangilones de Gualaca canyon. You won’t regret this free destination brought to you by DIY Travel HQ. Click to find out how to visit on your own.

Enjoy the view before retracing your steps to the road, and hopefully continuing your day trip to Los Cangilones de Gualaca canyon.

Celestine Waterfall Panama Bus Stop

Acquaint yourself with the Celestine Waterfall bus stop since it is more difficult to find on a map.

How to Get to Los Cangilones de Gualaca Canyon

Getting to Los Cangilones de Gualaca canyon is easy from The Lost and Found Hostel ($2) or David by bus (less than $3 – L&F to David).

Simply get off at Calle Los Cangilones in Gualaca and walk less than a km to Los Cangilones de Gualaca.

The Lost and Found Hostel Transportation Bus Stop

Waiting for the bus to Los Cangilones de Gualaca canyon from The Lost and Found Hostel.

Los Cangilones de Gualaca canyon to Celestine Waterfalls is $3.50 by bus, and $2 from Celestine Waterfalls back to The Lost and Found Hostel.

For reference, David to Almirante, the launching pad for Bocas del Toro is $8.45. Boquete to David is between $1.75 to $2.66.

David to Alimente Bus for Bocas del Toro

The bus from David to Alimente for Bocas del Toro.

If coming from David, Los Cangilones de Gualaca canyon, or The Lost and Found Hostel, start looking for Celestine Waterfall after you cross a dam.

Boquete to Bocas del Toro Dam

The dam on the road from David or Boquete to Bocas del Toro is a hint Celestine Waterfall is nearby.

Know Before You Go

Entrance Fees: Free!

Transportation Costs: $7.50 (total) from The Lost and Found Hostel

Where to Stay: The Lost and Found Hostel – Starting at $16

What to Bring: Bathing Suit and Picnic

Duration: As long as you want, but budget a day for both Los Cangilones de Gualaca canyon and Celestine Waterfall

 

Easy DIY travel outside city centers using local transport

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